By Jonathan Dienst, Joe Valiquette and Shimon Prokupecz, NBCNewYork.com
An FBI informant who has helped catch some of the world's most dangerous terrorists is coming out of witness protection to warn that a terrorist sheik in prison remains a significant threat to the U.S.
Emad Salem is urging the U.S. to keep the ailing 74-year-old sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, often known as the Blind Sheik, behind bars and to not transfer him, even as governments overseas continue to press for his release.
"He will kill Americans," said Salem. "He will kill anyone who disputes what he says with a fatwa."
Salem, a one-time Egyptian military officer, had warned officials about the looming 1993 World Trade Center bombing, but his warnings were ignored after a lie-detector test was inconclusive and he said he would never testify at any trial.
This man should never be let out of a U.S. prison. He committed his crimes in the U.S., his victims were U.S. citizens, he was tried and convicted in a U.S. court of law.
He can and will rot till he dies in a U.S. prison and I'm glad that the Obama Administration is saying no way, no how that he will be sent anywhere else.